The Co-op and the Collective - what is the difference?


The Cooperative
The Cooperative (or Coop or Co-op) is a network of 14 distribution hubs (as at June 2016).  Each hub acts as a cooperative where members share the workload.  The Co-op distributes between 400 and 500 packs to its members each week (June 2016). Link here to the list of Distribution Hubs

When you join a distribution hub you work with your hub coordinator and sort out with her/him what you need to do to belong to that hub. As soon as you find a hub that you can join you become a Co-op member and can buy fruit and veges through the Co-op.   Each hub can do its own thing, provided it works within the guidelines set by the Collective.  Link here to Hub Support and guidelines

The Collective 
Members of the Collective have joined the Incorporated Society called "Christchurch South Fruit and Vegetable Collective".   People who join the Collective believe in the work it is doing and want to be actively involved in more than getting fruit and vege through the Co-op.  At the time of the 2016 AGM we had about 50 members.  The Board of the Collective meets monthly, all members are welcome to attend.  The Rules (or Constitution) of the Collective can be found here. Link here to Rules (our constitution) 

November 2016 - The remainder of this is page is still being developed.

The Collective works in three key areas:
  • The Collective provides governance for the Co-op.  The Collective elects a Board at its AGM.  The Board carries out governance responsibilities in consultation with *the hubs, *the shop team, *the packing centre team and *members of the Collective.  The Board works in the background to ensure that CSFVC(Inc) is covering all financial and legal requirements as well as caring for the long-term future of the organisation.   [link to a diagram]
  • The Collective is a networking organisation.   November 2016 - we are developing the idea that the networking might be called "Community Support".  Developing this side of our work is a key goal for the 2016-17 year.   [An explanation needs to be written - including networking into our own communities through our hubs, networking with individual people and with organisations in our communities, networking with lonely people and those who are struggling - maintaining and building the kind of community spirit we found after the quakes, supporting local emerging and established businesses where possible, networking with other organisations that support community growth, healthy living and general well-being, especially related to food and to helping people gain skills (and give support to healthy living - including both support and independence) - THE focus within networking is helping the community] 
  • The Collective is a self-sustaining organisation.  We do not seek funds from charitable organisations and we are not a charity.  Members of the Collective work together to help each other and to support the Collective as a whole. Most members take an special interest in at least one of these three key areas of work.  Now that the organisation is able to explain itself better we are able to involve our members more actively in our work - we need to explain how. 

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